Nightboat Books, 2011
This long-awaited volume of a poet Ted Berrigan declared
"the Frank O'Hara of his generation," establishes Tim Dlugos
as one of the most distinctive and energetic poets of our time.
A seminal poet of the AIDS epidemic as well as a religious
scholar who enrolled in Yale Divinity School near the end
of his life, Dlugos died in 1990, when he was forty years old.
This definitive volume, meticulously edited and assembled
by poet David Trinidad, includes nearly five hundred of
Dlugos's published and unpublished works. Arranged by
chronology and the poet's location, the collection highlights,
as Trinidad writes in the book's introduction "distinct phases
in Tim's development: youthful romantic, burgeoning artist,
urbane New Yorker, [and] vigorous supplicant."
Containing poems that range from Dlugos's early riffs on
pop culture and fascination with New York City life, to the
hauntingly beautiful epic "G-9", written about the AIDS
ward at Roosevelt Hospital, his final residence, this collection
presents the life's work of a major presence in American